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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
215. Spoon River Anthology
 
The Hill
 
By Edgar Lee Masters
 
 
WHERE are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,
The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter?
All, all, are sleeping on the hill.
 
One passed in a fever,
One was burned in a mine,        5
One was killed in a brawl,
One died in a jail,
One fell from a bridge toiling for children and wife—
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
 
Where are Ella, Kate, Mag, Lizzie and Edith,        10
The tender heart, the simple soul, the loud, she proud, the happy one?—
All, all, are sleeping on the hill.
 
One died in shameful child-birth,
One of a thwarted love,
One as the hands of a brute in a brothel,        15
One of a broken pride, in the search for heart’s desire,
One after life in far-away London and Paris
Was brought to her little space by. Ella and Kate and Mag—
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
 
Where are Uncle Isaac and Aunt Emily,        20
And old Tawny Kincaid and Sevigne Houghton,
And Major Walker who had talked
With venerable men of the revolution?—
All, all, are sleeping on the hill.
 
They brought them dead sons from the war,        25
And daughters whom life had crushed,
And their children fatherless, crying—
All, all are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping on the hill.
 
Where is Old Fiddler Jones
Who played with life all his ninety years,        30
Braving the sleet with bared breast,
Drinking, rioting, thinking neither of wife “or kin,
Nor gold, nor love, nor heaven?
Lo! he babbles of the fish-frys of long ago,
Of the horse-races of long ago at Clary’s Grove,        35
Of what Abe Lincoln said
One time at Springfield.
 

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